Smorgasbord Afternoon Video – An architecturally designed home for 15 cats..


We make jokes about Crazy Cat Ladies but here is a guy who has spent many thousands of dollars over the years to make his house really cat friendly.. He has rescued 15 cats who are definitely living the high life.

 

 

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Aretha Franklin – The Rise to Fame.


William Price King picks up the story of Aretha Franklin as she storms into the 1960s with songs such as Respect… I hope you will enjoy the sow.

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to the second part of the Aretha Franklin story and here is a reminder of this incredible artist’s honours and achievements.

From the age of fourteen to the present day Aretha Franklin has been entertaining and delighting audiences with her incredible voice. She has recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history.

She has also won prestigious awards, honorary degrees and Presidential recognition. Here is just some of the highlights.

  • Twenty Grammy Awards including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best Gospel Performance every year from 1968 to 1975 and further awards in 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2006 and 2009. Aretha Franklin also one three special Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.
  • Three American Music Awards – Favorite Soul/R&B Album “Jump to it” in…

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Smorgasbord New Series -Starting this Saturday – Meet the Book #Reviewers.


Now that Amazon is blocking us from posting on multiple Amazon sites unless we spend $50, it is up to us to spread reviews as widely as we possibly can. Whilst my followers are not in the millions, they do come from over 40 countries on all the continents.. except from the frozen north.

I did notice today that at the bottom on my account on Amazon UK for each of the books that they have put a link to Amazon US at least.. Unfortunately it does not work the other way with a link on the US site back to the UK. Small steps but it is better than nothing.

Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

This series is all about the reviewers.

There are people who regularly review books on a daily or weekly basis and I thought that I would showcase them on a Saturday morning.

They do an amazing job of showcasing our books which is vital if we are to keep our books in front of the buying public. Book marketing is a challenge, and certainly not one you can tackle in isolation. Being on social media is important as that is where most books are seen, but if you have a reader who is willing to take the time to review your book.. and in a blog post as well that is shared across their own social media.. it is gold dust.

I would like to share those people who take that time and for this series it is about those who do so on their blogs. This series is about the reviewers.

There is already two posts a week where I share reviews for authors in the Cafe and Bookstore from Amazon and Goodreads, but I don’t usually promote those that have written them.

I intend on putting in a cover of the book they are reviewing (with an amazon buy link embedded) and an extract from their review with a link back to their blog. Also if they are an author in the Cafe and Bookstore, put their entry there too.

I know that some reviewers will also review books as part of a team and when they appear on that blog I will also share their own website.

Authors – If you have been reviewed in April on a blog then this is a way for you to share that good news by sending me the link to that review.

It will take a couple of weeks to evolve but I hope it will at least boost the review to my followers, bring more traffic to the review site and encourage more people to buy books.

I already have some reviewers for this week’s post but if you have reviewed a book in April can you send me a link please to your blog or to Amazon.. either in the comments or email me at sally.cronin@moyhill.com.

Authors… if your book has been reviewed in April then please send me the link to the reviewers post by email or in the comments.

To show you what each individual spot will look like.. here is a bit of shameless self-promotion!!!! Amy M. Reade kindly reviewed What’s in a Name Volume 1 last week.

Reviewed by Amy M. Reade: https://amreade.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/book-recommendation-whats-in-a-name-by-sally-cronin/

Here is an extract from Amy’s post.

Back in May of 2017, I published an interview with Sally Cronin. You can read it here if you’d like to refresh your memory. In that interview she talked about her new book, What’s in a Name?

I read the book recently (I need to get on Amazon and post my review) and I’d like to share my thoughts with you. And since this post it entitled “Book Recommendation,” I’m sure you have a pretty good idea of my thoughts.

What’s in a Name? is a collection of short stories, all written by Sally. She had the genius idea of writing two stories for each letter of the alphabet: the name of the story would be the first name of the male or female main character. Hence, Sally has penned the stories “Anne” and “Alexander,” “Grace” and “George,” and “Jane” and “Jack.” I’m sure you get the picture.

Volume I of What’s in a Name? contains stories for letters A through J. Volume II, it follows, continues with the rest of the alphabet. I haven’t read Volume II yet, but I’m looking forward to it.

Please head over and read the whole review: https://amreade.wordpress.com/2018/04/17/book-recommendation-whats-in-a-name-by-sally-cronin/

Amy M. Reade is an author in the bookstore

Amy Reade, Buyhttp://www.amazon.com/Amy-M.-Reade/e/B00LX6ASF2
Blog: www.amreade.wordpress.com

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If I get inundated with entries then I will expand the post to two days. It may seem a drop in the ocean but I hope that ‘Every little helps’ get book reviews read and books sold.

Reviewers please drop the link to the latest book you have reviewed in April to me by email – sally.cronin@moyhill.com or in the comments.

Authors who have been reviewed in April in a blog post, please let me have the link to the reviewers site by email or in the comments.

If you are not already in the Cafe and Bookstore contact me by email sally.cronin@moyhill.com so we can discuss getting you in there.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/sallys-cafe-and-bookstore/

If you are an author in the cafe and bookstore who has received a review on Amazon or Goodreads in the last month then let me know so I can put in the twice weekly updates.

Thanks for dropping in and looking forward to getting your links.. Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Music Column with William Price King – Aretha Franklin – The Rise to Fame.


Welcome to the second part of the Aretha Franklin story and here is a reminder of this incredible artist’s honours and achievements.

From the age of fourteen to the present day Aretha Franklin has been entertaining and delighting audiences with her incredible voice. She has recorded 112 charted singles on Billboard, including 17 top ten pop singles, 100 R&B entries and twenty number-one R&B singles, becoming the most charted female artist in the chart’s history.

She has also won prestigious awards, honorary degrees and Presidential recognition. Here is just some of the highlights.

  • Twenty Grammy Awards including Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best Gospel Performance every year from 1968 to 1975 and further awards in 1982, 1986, 1988, 1989, 2006 and 2009. Aretha Franklin also one three special Grammy Awards including the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994.
  • Three American Music Awards – Favorite Soul/R&B Album “Jump to it” in 1983, Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist in 1984 and 1986.
  • Three NAACP Awards – Hall of Fame in 1997, Vanguard Award in 2008 and Outstanding Album for “Aretha Franklin Sings the Great Diva Classics” in 2015.
  • Some of her other honors include Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum as the first woman to be inducted in 1987.
  • Kennedy Center Honors in 1994, at the time the youngest recipient.
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2005 presented by President W. Bush
  • Induction into the Music Hall of Fame in the UK in 2005 only the second woman to be inducted.
  • In 2008, a panel of peers and musical experts convened by Rolling Stone magazine voted Aretha Franklin the greatest singer of all time.
  • Aretha was named “MusiCares Person of the Year” in 2008.
  • Induction into the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame in 2012
  • In 2014, she was granted the honorary degree of Doctor of Arts from Harvard University for her contributions to music.
  • On June 8, 2017, the City of Detroit honored Franklin’s legacy by renaming a portion of Madison Street, between Brush and Witherell Streets, “Aretha Franklin Way.”

Time to hand over to William Price King who shares the early years of her career and rise to fame in the 1960s.

Aretha Franklin – The Rise to Fame

After turning 18, Franklin confided to her father that she aspired to follow Sam Cooke to record pop music. Serving as her manager, C. L. agreed to the move and helped to produce a two-song demo that soon was brought to the attention of Columbia Records, who agreed to sign her in 1960.

Franklin was signed as a “five-percent artist.” During this period, Franklin would be coached by choreographer Cholly Atkins to prepare for her pop performances. Before signing with Columbia, Sam Cooke tried to persuade Franklin’s father to have his label, RCA sign Franklin. He had also been courted by local record label owner Berry Gordy to sign Franklin and her elder sister Erma to his Tamla label. Franklin’s father felt the label was not established enough yet.

“Today I Sing the Blues,” written by Curtis Lewis, reached #10 on the Billboard R&B chart in 1960. The song appeared on her 1961 album, “Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo.” The song was produced by John Hammond. Franklin re-recorded the song in 1969 on the album “Soul ‘69 and it reached #101 on the US pop chart. It also charted on the Cash Box Top 100 chart. The composer, Curtis Lewis, subsequently became one of the first black composers and lyricists to own a music publishing company on Broadway in the early 1950s.

Won’t Be Long” is the first song by Aretha Franklin to reach Billboard’s Hot 100. Written by J. Leslie McFarland and produced by John Hammond. “Won’t Be Long” peaked at #7 on the US R&B chart and #76 on Billboard’s Hot 100. This wantonly exuberant and bluesy song appeared on her 1961 album, “Aretha: With The Ray Bryant Combo.”

Aretha Franklin’s recordings, produced by Clyde Otis, began to display her talent at crossing into diverse genres such as the popular standards, jazz and rhythm and blues. She achieved her first top 40 single with the standard, “Rock-a-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody,” which also included the R&B hit, “Operation Heartbreak,” on its b-side.This was also to become her first International hit in both Australia and Canada and Aretha Franklin was named a “new-star female vocalist” in “Down Beat” magazine. In 1962, Columbia issued two more albums, “The Electrifying Aretha Franklin” and “The Tender, the Moving, the Swinging Aretha Franklin,”the latter of which charted number 69 on the Billboard Pop LPs chart.

“Runnin’ Out of Fools,” penned by Kay Rogers and Richard Ahlert, is Franklin’s seventh studio album. It was arranged and conducted by Belford Hendricks, who is primarily remembered as the co-composer of numerous soft-R&B songs of the 1950s. His versatility allowed him to write in various styles, from big band swing for Count Basie, through blues ballads for Dinah Washington and Sarah Vaughan, and country and western songs for Nat King Cole. “Runnin’ Out of Fools” peaked at #57 on Billboard’s Hot 100, staying for a period of 10 weeks.

By the mid 60s, Aretha Franklin was headlining at top nightclubs and theaters with subsequent rise in her earnings. She also appeared on rock ‘n’ roll shows such as “Shindig” but it was felt, including at high levels within the Columbia organisation that her full potential was not being exploited, especially in her early gospel success.

In November 1966, choosing not to renew her Columbia contract after six years with the company, Franklin signed with Atlantic Records.

“I Never Loved a Man the Way I Love You” is Franklin’s eleventh studio album.
Released on March 10, 1967 by Atlantic Records, It went to number 2 on the Billboard album chart and number 1 on the magazine’s Top R&B Selling chart. It was certified Gold in 1967. It received a number 83 ranking on Rolling Stone magazine’s 2003 list of the 500 greatest albums of all time and inclusion in both the “1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die” (2005) and “1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die,” (2008). The album included two top-10 singles: “Respect” was a #1 single on Billboard’s Hot 100 Pop singles chart, and “I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)” peaked at number 9. The album was rated the 10th best album of the 1960s by “Pitchfork.”

“Respect” is a song written and originally released by Otis Redding in 1965. The song became a 1967 hit and signature song for Aretha Franklin. The music in the two versions is significantly different, and through a few changes in the lyrics, the stories told by the songs have a different flavor. Redding’s version is a plea from a desperate man, who will give his woman anything she wants. He won’t care if she does him wrong, as long as he gets his due respect when he brings money home. However, Franklin’s version is a declaration from a strong, confident woman, who knows that she has everything her man wants. She never does him wrong, and demands his “respect.” Franklin’s version adds the “R-E-S-P-E-C-T” chorus and the backup singers’ refrain of “Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me…”

Franklin’s cover was a landmark for the feminist movement, and is often considered as one of the best songs of the R&B era, earning her two Grammy Awards in 1968 for “Best Rhythm & Blues Recording” and “Best Rhythm & Blues Solo Vocal Performance, Female”, and was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1987. In 2002, the Library of Congress honored Franklin’s version by adding it to the National Recording Registry. It was placed number five on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” It was also included in the list of “Songs of the Century,” by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts. Franklin included a live recording on the album “Aretha in Paris” 1968.

“Ain’t No Way” is a song written by singer-songwriter Carolyn Franklin, Aretha’s elder sister, as the B-side to her 1968 hit “(Sweet Sweet Baby) Since You’ve Been Gone.” Aretha recorded the song and released it on her acclaimed “Lady Soul” album.

The song peaked at #16 on the “Billboard Hot 100 and #9 on the Hot R&B Singles Chart in 1968. Carolyn and members of the Sweet Inspirations performed backing vocals on the track. The Sweet Inspirations’ founder Cissy Houston showcased her operatic like upper range during Franklin’s bridges and the ending of the track.
In 1983, Whitney Houston made her world debut on “Merv Griffin Show Show” singing the tune with mother Cissy Houston.

Christina Aguilera performed the song to great acclaim in a tribute to Aretha during the 53rd Grammy Awards.

Franklin’s chart dominance soon earned her the title “Queen of Soul,” while at the same time she also became a symbol of black empowerment during the civil rights movement of the time. Franklin was enlisted to perform at the funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during which she paid tribute to her father’s fallen friend with a heartfelt rendition of “Precious Lord.”

Buy Aretha Franklin Music: https://www.amazon.com/Aretha-Franklin/e/B000APBG6M

Official website: http://arethafranklin.net/

Additional Information: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aretha_Franklin

About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.

His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.

While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.

His debut jazz album was entitled “Home,” and was a collection of contemporary compositions he composed, with lyrics written by his wife Jeanne King. His second album was a Duo (Voice and Guitar) with Eric Sempé on the guitar. This album included original songs as well as well known standards from contemporary jazz and pop artists. The “King-Sempé” duo toured France and thrilled audiences for more than three years before going their separate ways. King has formed a new duo called “Clear Cut,” and is now exploring new ideas, in a smooth jazz/soul/folk direction.

In addition to singing and composing, King has been collaborating with author Sally Cronin over the past few years on her blog “Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life,” with the series “A Man And His Music – Jazz, Contemporary, Classical, and Legends” and now, the “William Price King Music Column.” Working with author Sally Cronin has been an exhilarating experience in many ways and has brought a new dimension to King’s creative life. King has also created a micro blog, “Improvisation,” which features and introduces mostly jazz artists from across the jazz spectrum who have made considerable contributions in the world of jazz; and also artwork from painters who have made their mark in the world of art. This micro blog can be found on Tumblr.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Tormé. King has a distinctive wide-ranging voice which displays a remarkable technical facility and emotional depth.

William Price King on Tumblr – IMPROVISATION https://williampriceking.tumblr.com

Connect with William

Websitehttp://www.williampriceking.com/
Facebookhttps://www.facebook.com/WilliamPriceKing
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/wpkofficial
Regular Venuehttp://cave-wilson.com/ 
ITunes https://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/william-price-king/id788678484

Thank you for dropping in today and look forward to seeing you again next week.. William is working this week but will be back to respond to comments in a few days. Thanks Sally

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – #Horseradish


That time of the week when Carol Taylor tempts us to eat a lot more than we should.. and why not? This week the pungent horseradish with some fantastic recipes including smoked trout, horseradish and apple…

Smorgasbord - Variety is the spice of life

Welcome to Wednesday’s Cookery column on Smorgasbord and thank you for all your kind comments on Peppercorns I am now trying to get hold of the Tasmanian peppercorn called Pepper berries which are said to be 10 times hotter than the black peppercorn…I saw these last week on MKR which I love watching… anyway I waffle and this week I am showcasing the Horseradish root which I love and also which I can get here…Happy Days!

The horseradish is one of my favourites it goes with so much and really elevates the flavour and although I don’t eat very much beef at all…Beef and horseradish are one of my favourite combinations.

The horseradish is part of the brassicaceae family alongside wasabi, broccoli, mustard and cabbages. Closer to wasabi and mustard when the horseradish root is sliced the enzymes which are released when the plant cells break down produce sinigrin which…

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Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Food and Cookery Column with Carol Taylor – #Horseradish


Welcome to Wednesday’s Cookery column on Smorgasbord and thank you for all your kind comments on Peppercorns I am now trying to get hold of the Tasmanian peppercorn called Pepper berries which are said to be 10 times hotter than the black peppercorn…I saw these last week on MKR which I love watching… anyway I waffle and this week I am showcasing the Horseradish root which I love and also which I can get here…Happy Days!

The horseradish is one of my favourites it goes with so much and really elevates the flavour and although I don’t eat very much beef at all…Beef and horseradish are one of my favourite combinations.

The horseradish is part of the brassicaceae family alongside wasabi, broccoli, mustard and cabbages. Closer to wasabi and mustard when the horseradish root is sliced the enzymes which are released when the plant cells break down produce sinigrin which releases mustard oil.

N.B. As a prior horse owner horseradish is poisonous to horses.

That ugly looking root is also a powerhouse and has many health benefits is low in calories and has no fat only 2 calories per tsp.

Sold ready- made, just grated in jars or buy the root and make your own… Horseradish is native to South East Europe and West Asia and is still mainly planted and harvested by hand, powerful and pungent it is a little bit like Marmite you either love it or hate it!

Paired with beets it is very nice , added to mash potatoes, potato salad, a cheese sauce it has so many uses it is also sometimes added to pickles to add some firmness and a little “ nip”

This next recipe is frozen and can be kept in the freezer until needed… all of these recipes are very quick to put together and can be mad in advance.

Frozen Horseradish Cream.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 2 tbsp of prepared horseradish
  • 2 tbsp white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp of fresh dill finely chopped

Let’s Cook!

Whip the cream until it has thickened and then fold in the other ingredients. Put the mixture in the centre of some oiled waxed paper and use the paper to roll the mix into a cylinder about 1 ½ inched round. Put into the freezer once frozen it is ready to use.
When needed slice into ¼ inch slices and use to top steak, fish or vegetables. Return unused portion to the freezer.

Did you know that in Germany horseradish schnapps is still brewed and also some people still add it to their beer???

I add it to my Bloody Mary and I will also gift you my favourite tried and very rigorously tested recipe.

Carol’s Bloody Mary

Ingredients:

  • 3 ¼ cups of tomato juice
  • 1 ¼ cups of vodka ( or thereabouts) Hic
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 tbsp horseradish
  • 2 tsp Tabasco sauce or peril peril sauce
  • 2 tsp lea & Perrins sauce ( Worcestershire sauce)
  • ½ tsp celery salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 6 stalks of celery with leaves.

Let’s Brew!

Combine everything together in a jug or cocktail shaker and TASTE… this is where I adjust and give it a tweak or two…I make my own tomato juice and as tomatoes vary so does the TASTE….It is a fine art and needs much testing to get this just right …
Chill in the fridge until required… this recipe makes about 6 glasses.

To serve.

Add some ice to a chilled glass and fill with the Bloody Mary mix…pop in your celery stick and a slice of lime and or some olives and if you are feeling really ….well.. If you have some bacon to use up then crisp it up and stick a slice in with the celery… Anything goes when I am making cocktails.

Enjoy!

Did you know??

In England horseradish used to be named “redcole” and our American cousins used to call it “stingnose? It is very pungent and if you take a sniff it can or will make your eyes water and in the South of America it was rubbed on the forehead to relieve headaches so maybe the connection to the name is there.

Horseradish Sauce.

Ingredients:

  • ½ oz freshly grated horseradish, soaked in 2 tbsp hot water.
  • 1 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • A pinch of English mustard powder (optional)
  • A pinch of sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 5 fl oz double cream, lightly whipped.

Let’s Cook!

Drain the soaked horseradish and mix with other ingredients. Chill until ready to use. This sauce can be used in any recipes which ask for prepared horseradish.

Smoked Trout, Horseradish and Apple.

Ingredients:

  •  8 oz smoked trout with all skin and bones removed.
  •  1 cup sour cream
  •  ¼ cup prepared horseradish
  •  1 clove garlic finely chopped
  •  2 tbsp Olive oil
  •  1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  •  2 tbsp spring onions finely chopped
  •  1 tbsp fresh parsley chopped
  •  ¼ tsp salt
  •  1 desert apple peeled, cored and finely chopped
  •  A pinch cayenne pepper

Let’s Cook!

In a small bowl whisk the cream, horseradish, garlic, oil and vinegar together until well blended. Add the spring onions, parsley, salt and cayenne pepper and mix well.

Gently fold in the apple and the trout…Taste and adjust the seasoning.

Serve with crackers or as crostini.

Enjoy!

Another sauce I make with horseradish is this one and it is lovely spread over meat in a sandwich or used as a glaze or when mixed with cream cheese used as a burger relish or hotdog topping it is awesome.

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp of grated horseradish (soaked as above)
  • 2 tbsp orange marmalade
  • 3 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp of honey
  • 6 oz cream cheese (optional)

Let’s Cook!

Drain your horseradish and mix all the ingredients together with or without the cheese it is lovely hot and spicy.

Another lovely addition is grating a couple of apples into your prepared horseradish and

Enjoy!

What do you make with horseradish??

Until next week have fun, stay warm and upright (if) you have snow and laugh a lot xxx

The other posts in the series can be found in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/carol-taylors-food-and-cookery-column-2018/

About Carol Taylor

Enjoying life in The Land Of Smiles I am having so much fun researching, finding new, authentic recipes both Thai and International to share with you. New recipes gleaned from those who I have met on my travels or are just passing through and stopped for a while. I hope you enjoy them.

I love shopping at the local markets, finding fresh, natural ingredients, new strange fruits and vegetables ones I have never seen or cooked with. I am generally the only European person and attract much attention and I love to try what I am offered and when I smile and say Aroy or Saab as it is here in the north I am met with much smiling.

Some of my recipes may not be in line with traditional ingredients and methods of cooking but are recipes I know and have become to love and maybe if you dare to try you will too. You will always get more than just a recipe from me as I love to research and find out what other properties the ingredients I use have to improve our health and wellbeing.

Exciting for me hence the title of my blog, Retired No One Told Me! I am having a wonderful ride and don’t want to get off, so if you wish to follow me on my adventures, then welcome! I hope you enjoy the ride also and if it encourages you to take a step into the unknown or untried, you know you want to…….Then, I will be happy!

Carol is a contributor to the Phuket Island Writers Anthology:  https://www.amazon.com/Phuket-Island-Writers-Anthology-Stories-ebook/dp/B00RU5IYNS

Connect to Carol

New additional Blog: http://myhealthyretirement.com/welcome-to-orienthailiving-my-first-post/

Blog: https://blondieaka.wordpress.com/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheRealCarolT
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/carol.taylor.1422

If you have missed previous posts in the Cook from Scratch series you can find them here: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/cook-from-scratch-with-sally-and-carol-recipes/

Looking forward to your comments and any questions that you have for Carol, and it would be great if you could hit a few share buttons..thanks Sally

Chaos: Blessing or Curse? – Guest Post by, Tina Frisco…


Tina Frisco was a guest of the Story Reading Ape over the weekend and she is sharing how the powerful forces of chaos herald a time of enlightenment and change. There is no doubt the world is chaotic at the moment.. Head over and read the post and share your views…

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This past winter was a difficult time for me. Family issues, chronic illness, and an irrational and unpredictable government challenged me to cope on a daily basis and left me depleted. I wanted to shut the door on the chaotic energies flooding my being, but empaths do not seem to have a choice in this matter. We can, however, choose the way in which we cope. Cope! I was in coping overload and heading for a meltdown. Then I came upon the two quotes in these images, and I remembered…

We are in the storm before the calm. We are on the threshold of The Golden Age of Enlightenment, prophesied by the indigenous peoples of most cultures around the world. With renewed hope, my health began to improve.

If you find yourself tiring more easily, on an emotional roller coaster, readily distracted, searching for common words when writing or conversing…

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Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – Aromatherapy – The very versatile Lavender


Twenty years ago I ran a health food shop and diet advisory centre here in Ireland and we sold essential oils for aromatherapy. I thought that I should learn more about it and took a course on the subject. It is not something that I have covered here on the blog, and I am looking forward to refreshing my memory from my course notes. and introducing you to this relaxing therapy at the same time.

What is Aromatherapy?

Aromatherapy uses essential oils which have been extracted from specific sweet smelling plants for therapeutic massage. They are blended with specialised carrier oils to ensure that they are used in a diluted form and are easily absorbed by the skin. The oils can also be used to add these therapeutic aromas to our environment as well with the use of burners.

This week I am going to be covering one of the most common essential oils in use. Lavender Oil is found in skincare products, perfumes and also contains some pretty impressive natural healing properties.

Lavender from Tasmania, England and France uses the flowers.

  • Scent: Floral
  • Usage: Inhalation, Bath, Skincare, Massage
  • Note: Middle
  • Mood: Soothing
  • Safety: None indicated.

The essential oil that we use today is usually from the common lavender (lavendula officinalis or Lavendula augustifolia).  There are other varieties of lavender such as spike lavender that has a different effect on the body and mind. Check with your supplier and avoid any essential oils that are not made from the common variety as they are not usually suitable for home use and are used in commercial preparations.

via Medicine Woman’s Treasure Chest – Aromatherapy – The very versatile Lavender

RECENT FEATURE – GUEST AUTHOR, OPEN HOUSE BY SALLY CRONIN – PART 3 OF 4


If you missed Gregg Savage’s interview on Smorgasbord earlier in the month, he is sharing it in four parts with links to the rest of the post..

The Daily Tales of Gregg Savage

Hi everyone! Very privileged to be asked to take part in Sally Cronin’s weekly interview series, Open House. Sally’s four unique questions deserved some well-thought-out answers, so I opted to treat each response as its own piece of writing. This took a fair chunk of time to complete (on top of writing a new story every day!), so I hope you won’t mind me presenting my responses in four distinct parts. I’ll post half of the response here and, if you would like to keep reading, then you can click the link below and pay a visit to Sally’s incredibly active blog, Smorgasbord. Sally’s blog was recently nominated for Best Overall Blog by the good folk over at The Blogger’s Bash to be in held in London on May 19. I hope you enjoy this four-part series and best of luck to Sally!

PART 3

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Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Observations on Life – Old Farmer’s wisdom and Centre of the Universe!


Some of life’s observations

“I am” is reportedly the shortest sentence in the English language. Could it be that “I do” is the longest sentence?

If Fed Ex and UPS were to merge, would they call it Fed UP?

What hair colour do they put on the driver’s licenses of bald men?

Why do they put pictures of criminals up in the Post Office? What are we supposed to do, write to them? Why don’t they just put their pictures on the postage stamps so the mailmen can look for them while they deliver the mail?

Whatever happened to Preparations A through G?

An Old Ranchers advice

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight, and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks, bankers, and lawyers at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered…not yelled.
  • Meanness don’t jes’ happen overnight.
  • Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  • It don’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen, anyway.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin ‘.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.”
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
  • http://www.emmitsburg.net/humor/archives/humerous/humorous_28.htm

A silent order

A man joins a Trappist order and is told that he is allowed to say just two words every five years. After five years he speaks his two words to his superiors. ‘Bed hard,’ he says. He is promised the problem will be looked into. Another five years passes and this time his two words are: ‘Food cold.’ Again his superiors promise to take care of the problem. Five years later his two words are ‘I quit’. His superiors look at each other wearily. ‘We are not in the least bit surprised. You have done nothing but complain for the last fifteen years!’

Even for a Genie it can be complicated.

A man was walking along the beach and found a bottle. He looked around and didn’t see anyone so he opened it. A genie appeared and thanked the man for letting him out. The genie said, “For your kindness I will grant you one wish, but only one.” The man thought for a minute and said, “I have always wanted to go to Hawaii but have never been able to because I’m afraid of flying, and ships make me claustrophobic and ill. So, I wish for a road to be built from here to Hawaii.”

The genie thought for a few minutes and said, “No, I don’t think I can do that. Just think of all the work involved with the pilings needed to hold up the highway and how deep they would have to be to reach the bottom of the ocean. Think of all the pavement that would be needed. No, that is just too much to ask.”

The man thought for a minute and then told the genie, “There is one other thing that I have always wanted. I would like to be able to understand women. What makes them laugh and cry, why are they temperamental, why are they so difficult to get along with? Basically, what makes them tick?”

The genie considered for a few minutes and said, “So, do you want two lanes or four?”

I hope you have been amused by the funnies today and please feel free to share.. thanks Sally